The Upper School Health Office is staffed with a full time registered nurse. It remains open the entire school day. Students in need of medical assistance may go there to see the nurse, Ms. Nechama Moskowitz.
Parents of students with any health related concerns are encouraged to contact the school nurse. The nurse will facilitate communication of medical issues, when appropriate, to school teachers and personnel with regard to confidentiality.
School Health Forms must be submitted by all incoming as well as returning students every year.
Students who wish to participate in Bikur Cholim require a documented:
- Recent flu shot
- PPD administered up to one year before beginning the program
Students who wish to participate on a sport's team must have a recent physical examination form on file in the Health Office. The date of the exam should be within 12 months prior to the start of the sport’s season. In addition, parents must complete and sign a Student/Athlete Team Participation Form each time their child participates on a particular team. The form should be returned to the nurse and it will be forwarded to the team’s coach.
Prescription medication can be stored and dispensed when needed during school by the nurse. Students with asthma should carry their inhalers, but you may want to keep an extra supply of medication in the Health Office.
A Medication Authorization Form must be completed by the student’s parent and doctor, and the medication sent in the original prescription container with the student’s name and doctor’s instructions. If a student self-administers medication during the school day for an acute or ongoing medical or psychological condition, such as ADHD, migraines, seasonal allergies, illness/infection etc., he/she may carry only one day’s dose.
Over-the-counter medicines will be given only if the parent has checked the medicine on the student's School Health Form.
Parents of students with severe allergies must complete the separate Protocol for Students with Life-Threatening Allergies, and return it to the nurse prior to the start of school. Information concerning your child’s allergy will help prevent a reaction and aid, if necessary, in prompt treatment. Students who carry an Epi-Pen should have one handy in their possession during the school day and on trips. Epi-Pens are located strategically throughout the school building and certain faculty and staff are trained in their use. Please feel free to contact the school nurse regarding the Food Allergy Policy.
For the student with asthma, an Asthma Action Care Plan should be completed by the doctor at your child’s physical examination. The information provided can be very useful in preventing and treating symptoms of asthma.
For the student with diabetes, a Diabetes Care Plan must be completed and updated as needed by the parent and doctor. Extra diabetic supplies and snacks should be supplied by the parent and stored in the health office.
If a student is absent from school due to injury or illness for more than two days, parents are expected to contact the Health Office. The nurse will notify the student's advisor, teachers, and the school administration regarding the reason, expected duration, and any medical recommendations. Doctor’s notes should be submitted whenever appropriate.
Please notify the nurse if there is a change in the medical status of your child during the school year, e.g. an injury, a newly diagnosed condition, or specially prescribed medication. The student’s doctor should send a note of explanation with any recommendations to the nurse.
If your child has been diagnosed with a contagious medical condition, please notify the school nurse immediately. Information describing the symptoms of the contagious condition will be made available to parents, faculty and staff.
Lice checks are performed by the school nurse as needed. Please notify the nurse immediately in case your child has head lice. The nurse will privately check those students with reported cases, and siblings and close contacts in the school, before allowing them to return to class. School-wide screenings are not done in the Upper School.